Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sorrowfully totally clear amber-orange pour atop which an initially honest off-white cover fades at a constant rhythm. Expressive aroma firstly disarming you through a blast of floral, piney, sprucey aromatic amarillos. The underlying malt is not to be neglected, highly candyish, like concentrated Jolly Rancher juice. Tons of residual sugar components, yet well developed fruitiness, rich with melon and perfumed berry notes. Quite boozy in mouth, if not necessarily harshly so thanks to the cognac-like nature of the alcohol, reminding of a concentrated wine. Thus very sweet and fittingly very hoppy, foresty, fruity, woody and throath-coating. Very malty spirit is betrayed by a rather syrupy palate, certainly fruity and alcoholic, but also rather oily and slick even, the carbonation being restrained to say the least. Far from a favourite among barleywines, just not very mature nor sagacious, it remains an experiment worth seeking out.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
been waiting for this one for about 2 years, like a lot of other folks. graciously shared by JimMack. ruby copper color & clear. head is foamy, light off white color. aroma is strong hop and pine resin. flavor starts hoppy then goes to a strong caramel malt, and some whiskey-like heat. young yes, but sheís already got a lot of weight in her build! Thanks JimMack!
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Devilís night at Mullmans. 22oz bomber thanks to JIm. Pours a clear amber with almost no head. Lots of amarillo and cascade hops in the aroma just like dreadnaught, and robert the bruce. Thick sweet caramel malt aroma and flavor throughout. Light piney bitterness in the end. A bit overhyped, but still damn good.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 Devilís Night At Mullmanís. 22oz. bomber. Nice clear reddish/copper color with a small beige head. Nice citrus and pine hop aroma(amarillo?) with some sweet malt. Sweet malty, caramel flavor that is balanced out by the big hop presence. Very nice fresh, I wonder how this beer will age? Probably pretty damn well.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks sick_boy282!! I have been awaiting a tasting of this! Pours a rich amber color with virtually no head and no lacing. Aroma is rich and warm with hints of roastiness and fruit, specifically a lot of pineapple. Flavor is very complex and rich and includes spice and sweetness in perfect balance. I also got some roastiness in the aftertaste. One of my favorite barleywines Iíve ever had. So complex and still so enjoyable.
Frank (3846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as big as I thought. For some reason, I expected this to be something like fifteen percent alcohol. Iím not dissapointed as this is a fine brew but I just have this idea in my head of Three Floyds cooking up beautiful brutality to such an extent it boggles the mind.
Carefully poured, this is a crystal clear deep ruby brew--just a bit of head that wanes somewhat quickly as I generally expect in such a high gravity brew. The nose here is very interesting; underneath the expected layers of pine, citrus and kind bud is sort of a roasty, savory, slightly salty note, in a strange way reminiscent of roasted meat. I canít explain it but itís there. Not as full bodied as I expected but w/ lively carbonation and a nice sweet citrus taste to compliment some more pine notes. Alcohol is very there but not at all unpleasant, a very refined ethanol kind of taste that provides a dry counterpoint to the malt sweetness. Iím finding this suprisingly quaffable given the sheer tonnage of ingredients that undoubtedly went into this. Iím not sure if this is worth the million gazillion dollars I paid for it but I enjoy it nonetheless and thatís what counts when the day is done.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was a day of sharing. Phil (pdhabel) sharing Pannepot, Mike and Mollyís sharing Rogue Charlie, Drew sharing a 2004 and 2005 Dark Lord. So, it seemed the thing to do to share a bottle of Behemoth, with the disclaimer that it is not mature yet. Poured a deep ruby with a creamy beige head. Hops (itís Three Floyds, after all), sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, honey (?). Rich mouthfeel, smooth and syrupy and full. The flavor was sweet and syrupy and hoppy with elements of port. Itís true that this needs some aging but it is still, as is, a rewarding and awesome drink. Six more months, Nick? If I could hold out, it should be awesome.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From an 05 bottle thanks to Edward. The last time I sampled this it was $22 a growler at the brewery, including the jug! I like my barleywines in the English style rather than the overhopped American, but 3 Floyds does a nice job of balancing its overhopped bw with a great malt base. Lots of sweetness here with notes of toffee, caramel, and vanilla, honey, and apricot/peach. Certainly needs time as other have noted, and I will rerate again in a year.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium, clear amber hue with a short, tan, frothy head. Aroma of pine needles, basil, thyme, mint -- very herbal and piney. So much so that I canít detect much of the underlying malt. Heavily sweet, moderately bitter flavor. Heavily sweet, heavily bitter finish. Mostly caramel sweet, the malt flavor. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Tastes great, just smells like a spice rack.
pineypower (2980) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excited for this one, and once again Three Floyds lives up to the ratings. That being said I still think Old Horizontal is better, and no donít all start the hate mail at once. Anyway to the beer. Pours out a nice reddish tinged brown with a very small lacing head. The aroma is strong of amarillo hops. Very balanced and complex taste with notes of brown sugar, caramel and maybe a touch of a spice, and hops many hops. This has been hands down the hoppiest barleywine Iíve had, gonna let another bottle sit for a while, then try it. Overall a very solid beer